The 13 best cities in the US to find a job in 2018

San Jose snagged the No. 1 spot.

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San Jose snagged the No. 1 spot.
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  • When searching for a job, location is crucial.
  • Career site Zippia found the 100 best metropolitan areas in the US for wage growth and low unemployment. We picked out the 13 top areas.
  • San Jose was No. 1 and San Francisco made the list, but the rest aren’t your usual Silicon Valley haunts.

The best job markets in the US are all around the country – from California to Iowa to South Carolina.

Career site Zippia looked at the 386 metropolitan areas nationwide and ranked them based on wage change, unemployment rate change, and current unemployment rate.

Then they averaged those three rankings to produce a final ranking.

The top 13 are below in ascending order, and you can view the top 100 here.


13. San Francisco

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Nicholas Raymond/Flickr

Unemployment rate: 2.4%

Annual mean wage: $76,160


12. Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Ttownfeen/Wikimedia Commons

Unemployment rate: 3.2%

Annual mean wage: $41,120


11. Columbia, South Carolina

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Ron Cogswell/Flickr

Unemployment rate: 2.7%

Annual mean wage: $43,220


10. Roanoke, Virginia

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Shutterstock

Unemployment rate: 2.9%

Annual mean wage: $43,650


9. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa

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University of Northern Iowa/Facebook

Unemployment rate: 2.7%

Annual mean wage: $41,450


8. Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Visit Ann Arbor!/Facebook

Unemployment rate: 2.8%

Annual mean wage: $56,160


7. Florence, South Carolina

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Florence Conventions and Visitors Bureau/Wikimedia Commons

Unemployment rate: 3.2%

Annual mean wage: $41,010


6. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia

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Chris Lawrence/Flickr

Unemployment rate: 2.9%

Annual mean wage: $42,960


5. Charleston, South Carolina

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Unemployment rate: 2.3%

Annual mean wage: $44,500


4. Midland, Texas

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Wikimedia Commons

Unemployment rate: 2.1%

Annual mean wage: $53,190


3. Odessa, Texas

Unemployment rate: 2.8%

Annual mean wage: $47,160


2. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California

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Shutterstock

Unemployment rate: 2.6%

Annual mean wage: $48,750


1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

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Visit Santa Clara/Facebook

Unemployment rate: 2.4%

Annual mean wage: $78,990